Angelina’s only an 8. Take the beauty, symmetry test.

Do you distrust your cellphone ‘cuz it takes endless selfies to get just the right shot?  

Do you wonder about your boyfriend or husband who say you’re gorgeous? (What’s he up to, anyway?)

Does your mother say, “you’re beautiful, but a little more effort or makeup might help?”

No more questions about beauty, symmetry.

Don’t sweat the conflicting, subjective assessments any longer. This website will give you the straight scoop, and all it takes is downloading a picture of yourself. At, you  plug in a photo of yourself and Voila, the computer gives you feedback re your facial features plus a numerical score.

Face shot of Eve Ahmed, attractive brunette with shoulder length hair

Journalist Eve Ahmed

Eve Ahmed, who took the test along with several other writers,  got a score of  7.4. In her story ,  she states

“I’m frequently told that I’m an attractive woman and even do some modelling in my spare time.

‘This will be a breeze,’ I thought and confidently uploaded my image, expecting to have my good looks scientifically confirmed.

Instead, the feedback left me feeling that I’ve been a self-deluded fool.

It bluntly listed numerous faults: my face has poor horizontal symmetry; my ears are too long for my nose; the distance between my eyes is too small; my nose is too wide for my face; and my mouth is too wide for my nose.

I scored well on one point only: the ratio of face length to width is nearly ideal.

Well, thanks for nothing!

What about my alluring dark brown eyes, thick hair and the olive complexion upon which I lavish expensive creams? I uploaded my picture again, hoping I’d score more favourably second time around, but the result was exactly the same.

Anaface points out that it solely measures facial geometry and does not take into account eye or skin colour or complexion. That’s why the stunning Angelina Jolie scored only 8.1.”

Beauty or Symmetry?

Eve has determined, after worrying about whether it’s just sour grapes, that she rather likes her over-wide mouth. She is also fond of the distance between her eyes. 

She may be on to something. Maybe  equating symmetrical perfection with beauty results in bland, perfect 10’s, devoid of the coloring of complexion and eye that help a face “sing.”  More importantly, a test for symmetry and/or proportion misses the  twinkle of an eye or the subtle, but charming, deviation from the norm that makes true beauties unique.

An even simpler test.

For those wanting to be reassured that the  test got it right or wanting an even simpler test, try putting your index finger on your chin so that it reaches the tip of your nose. If your lips also touch this finger, then you’re a step ahead of everyone else in terms of symmetry and proportionality. Again, it’s doubtful that this is a slamdunk test for beauty as well. Technically, it’s called the Rickett’s E-line test and constitutes one of several tests  orthodontists and other professionals use.

 Asian woman puts finger from chin to tip of nose.

E-Line test

Read more about the test here.   And go here, for illustrations and more about how professionals, esp orthodontists, conceptualize normal, symmetry, and beauty.  

Ultimately, while symmetry is critically important for helping kids with clefts and other oral facial disorders, it may be just one component of how beautiful or handsome a person is. And what hopefully someone told you (perhaps your mother, but more likely your grandmother): looks and beauty are transitory, personality and energy level are  for ever.
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